Carshalton Athletic pulled off a fantastic away day win against second-placed Folkestone, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Folkestone Invicta 1 – 3 Carshalton Athletic Isthmian Premier League Saturday 8th February 2020 Attendance: 691 Last five results: LDLWW Our ‘Man of the Match’: Daniel Pappoe
Team news There were three changes from the side that beat Bowers and Pitsea on Tuesday night – goalscorer Jordan Cheadle, Daniel Pappoe and Ricky Korboa came back in as Tommy Bradford missed out through injury and Omar Koroma and Lewis White dropped to the bench.
Kick-off The first chance of the afternoon fell to the Robins as Ola Sogbanmu flicked on a long ball into the path of Korboa, but his 18 yard effort lacked power as goalkeeper Tim Roberts claimed it easily.
Korboa was coming in for some early rough treatment as Invicta players scythed him down at every opportunity – only one booking was dished out, awarded to Michael Everitt for a cynical tackle, and the Carshalton bench were concerned their forward wasn't being protected.
The hosts rued a missed chance as Everitt glanced a free header on a cross wide of Kleton Perntreou’s far post on 16 minutes because yet another foul on Korboa led to the opening goal.
He got himself into the Folkestone box and Ronnie Dolan clipped the forward from behind. The referee pointed to the spot and captain Paris Hamilton-Downes confidently converted as Roberts went the wrong way.
And things got better for the Robins on 38 minutes – Hamilton-Downes knocked a corner delivery down and Sogbanmu showed great strength to hold off several opponents. His square ball was helped on by Danny Dudley and it ricocheted off Pappoe before nestling in the back of the net.
HALF-TIME: 0 - 2
The travelling fans were in dreamland just after the restart as Carshalton extended their lead on 47 minutes – Pappoe turned provider this time as he showed neat skill to beat his marker before turning in a low cross that Sogbanmu guided beyond Roberts for his first goal of the season.
Folkestone tried to rally but 23-goal Ira Jackson couldn’t slide in on a cross/shot by Johan Ter Horst and Kleton Perntreou denied substitute Ian Draycott on 56 minutes.
Both sides made further substitutions, and Ter Horst was booked for throwing himself over in Carshalton’s area, but Roberts was still the busier of the two keepers as he had to deal with a couple of good crosses into his area.
But the pendulum swung in favour of the home side for the last 15 minutes as they began to keep the Robins on the back foot.
And Folkestone reduced the arrears on 82 minutes as sub Tyler Sterling got forward and placed a 20 yard shot past the unsighted Perntreou to give the home fans renewed heart.
Korboa responded with a run at the home defence and a left-footed drive that rose over the crossbar, while Draycott audaciously tried to lob Perntreou from all of 40 yards which never really troubled the keeper.
The Robins keeper was called into action in added time however as he saved from Folkestone captain Josh Vincent, but these three points put Carshalton level on points with fourth-placed Hornchurch ahead of an upcoming home game against Potters Bar Town.
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Carshalton Athletic: Perntreou; Price, Dudley, Read, Cheadle; Haxhiu, Pappoe, Hamilton-Downes (c); Korboa (White – 84), Sogbanmu (Koroma – 70), Pattisson (Samuels – 89) Unused subs: Perez, Adeniyi Goals: Hamilton-Downes (32 pen), Pappoe (38), Sogbanmu (47) Assists: Korboa, Dudley, Pappoe
Folkestone Invicta: Roberts, Vincent (c), Blanks, Newman, O’Mara, Dolan, Heard, Everitt (Sterling – 66), Jackson, Ter Horst, McCann (Draycott – 53) Unused subs: Jones, Newcombe Goal: Sterling (82) Booked: Everitt, Ter Horst, Sterling